Corinthian pottery from the 7th and 6th centuries BC is noted for its rich ochre colouring and its depiction of zoomorphic and anthropomorphic creatures. Animal friezes are the most common type of decoration on Corinthian vessels, depicting the usual menagerie of panthers, grazing goats, lions and birds as well as mythological creatures including sirens, sphinxes and occasionally griffins. In ancient civilizations of the central eastern Mediterranean griffins were mythical monster with a lion’s body and a eagle’s head. The image of the griffin had an important funerary function and its decorative use was widespread.
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